When Tuesday July 22
How long 157km
IMPACT ON CLASSIFICATIONS
After the rest day there are just two more mountain stages. This one will be decided on the final climb, Col de la Bonette-Restefond, as it is just a long descent to the finish. Therefore, the order of riders over the top is likely to be the same at the finish. This stage is a very good chance for any climbers way back on GC to get a good stage victory while all the main contenders watch and attack each other on the last hors category climb.
? The Col de la Lombarde makes its first appearance in the Tour.
? The Col de la Bonette-Restefonde has appeared three times in the Tour route. Federico Bahamontes was first over twice in the 1960s and Robert Millar was first over in 1993.
? Neither Cuneo nor Jausiers have hosted the Tour before.
? Number of Hors-category climbs in 2008: 12 (four fewer than last year).
? There were also more second category climbs last year ? six compared to this year’s five.
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|TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: GUIDE|